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Beware of Scammers

March 16, 2015 / in Written by Katherine Albrecht

In January the IRS issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2015.  Tops on the list is aggressive and threatening telephone calls purporting to come from IRS agents.  “Phishing” for personal information through the use of fake emails and websites also made the list.

Callers often target the elderly, immigrants and others they believe to be highly susceptible to their scare tactics.  The caller may claim to be from the IRS or U.S. Treasury and give a name and badge number.  Some scammers even alter the caller ID information so the call appears to come from the IRS.  The caller may specify an exact amount of an alleged debt owed to the IRS and the method of payment to be used.  Often the caller suggests payment via credit card or prepaid debit card.  If the caller encounters resistance, he may issue threats that law enforcement is poised to make an arrest within minutes if payment is not immediately made.  Read More→

 

Protect Your Lien Rights Even During an Economic Boom

February 16, 2015 / in

Now that the auto industry is roaring, special tool builders and mold builders should not rest on blind confidence that they will get paid for their materials and services.  Michigan law provides added security to both special tool builders and mold builders that haven’t been paid for their materials and services.  Both the Michigan Special Tools Lien Act and the Molder’s Lien Act provide similar benefits so long as certain steps are taken.  Read More→

 

Improving Your Odds to Win the Battle of the Forms

February 16, 2015 / in

There is an endless variety of contracts that businesses enter into everyday.  They can range from a verbal order for a single product to a heavily negotiated, long-term written supply agreement covering many years and millions of dollars in goods.  Most businesses do not have lawyers regularly review the contracting process for each transaction.  Many transactions are based on the exchange of forms that often conflict.  Where the transaction is for the sale of goods, as opposed to services, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) will typically apply.  Read More→

 

Are You Prepared to Become Unmarried?

February 16, 2015 / in

As Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to expressing our love to those who are important in our lives.  Husbands are scrambling to find a card and flowers; boyfriends are making dinner reservations and buying chocolates.  Wives and girlfriends may be doing the same, but are excited to see just how their significant others are going to recognize and acknowledge their feelings.  People invest a lot of time, care and preparation into falling in love and planning a life together.  Read More→

 

Legislature Addresses Court Funding after the Cunningham
Decision

January 9, 2015 / in

Recently, Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5785, which amends MCL 769.1k and addresses court funding issues.  Amended MCL 769.1k now provides courts with ample authority to assess fines and costs against certain defendants who plead guilty, nolo contendere, or are found guilty by a court.  Evidently, this statute was amended by the Legislature in response to the Supreme Court’s People v Cunningham decision.  Read more→